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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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24 June 2017

Addressing Queensland RSL State Congress

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on the Queensland veteran community to help spread the important message about the mental health support available to former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Mr Tehan told the Queensland RSL State Congress in Brisbane the Turnbull Government had provided an additional $350 million in this year’s Budget to support the men and women who defend our nation.

“One of the most important measures in this year’s Budget was the $33.5 million expansion of non-liability health care to cover all mental health conditions,” Mr Tehan said.

“This means the Government will pay for the mental health treatment of anyone who has served one day in the full-time ADF and there is no requirement to prove that condition was related to military service.

“If anyone has served one day in the full-time ADF and needs treatment for any mental health condition, the Government will pay for it.”

“Today I am calling on the Queensland RSL, and the broader veteran community, to get this message out to all current and former members of the ADF: if you think you need help or someone you know needs help, please ask for it – just contact DVA.”

Mr Tehan said the Government had also provided $8.5 million to expand eligibility for the Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

“Partners and children of our contemporary veterans—who have had at least one day of full-time service—will now have access to the services and support provided by VVCS, including counselling and group programs.

“Former partners of eligible ADF personnel will also be able to access VVCS for up to five years after a couple separates or while co-parenting a child under the age of 18.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.